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Xinjiang Officials Invade Private Residences to Probe Deeper Into Their Belief

ADHRRF – Since last December, Xinjiang government has sent officials to residences of Uighurs to “eat, live and work together with them.” To this day, the practice of officials staying with Uighurs under the pretext of “great ethnic unity” is still continuing in Xinjiang and has become a way of Chinese Communist authorities to control religious belief. Mrs. Zhang, a Christian in Ili Prefecture, said to the reporter that at about 8 a.m. on April 14, 2018, a female stranger with a blanket knocked on her door and demanded to live in her house. She was resolute, so Mrs. Zhang…

Tiles with “Immanuel” Forcibly Removed in Henan-Luoyang Religious Crackdown

ADHRRF – According to reliable sources, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a document in 2018 about completing a full-scale investigation and crackdown on Christians across the country within one year. In order to cooperate with the CCP’s crackdown, the government of Yiyang county, Luoyang city, Henan province adopted comprehensive monitoring of all local Christians and ordered them to tear off the couplets about believing in Jesus and remove the tiles with the word “Immanuel.”

Luoyang Education Bureau Bans Minors From Entering Religious Venues

ADHRRF – On March 29, in response to the Education Bureau’s notice on implementation of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, emergency theme class meetings were held to forbid students from entering religious venues in a school in Yiyang, Luoyang, Henan, China.

Hebei Renqiu Police Illegally Arrest Christians and Raid Houses

ADHRRF – The religious suppression and persecution by the CCP is escalating, placing Christians at risk of arrest.Recently, the reporter was informed of two cases in Renqiu City, Henan Province, where houses of Christians were ransacked with one Christian detained illegally.

CCP Intensified Religious Crackdown, Sealing Catholic Churches in Henan Zhengzhou

ADHRRF – Since the official implementation of new Regulations on Religious Affairs, the authorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have intensified the persecution and suppression of religious beliefs. There have been a series of incidents involving the seizure and destruction of the churches and arrest of clergy in the mainland China, and the authorities’ crackdown in Henan is particularly severe. Since the beginning of April, Henan government has launched an extensive crackdown on Christianity and Catholicism.

CCP Threatens Christian to Recant Faith by Canceling Pensions

ADHRRF – After the 19th Party Congress, Chinese Communist authorities’ control and persecution against house churches continue a rising trend. The persecution of The Church of Almighty God is especially more severe. Recently, the reporter learns that the Chinese Communist government has taken all sorts of measures to obstruct Christians from believing in God, and even the elderly in 70s cannot be spared, menaced to renounce their faith under the threat of canceling the pension. One of the victims is Yang Qiuxiang (alias, female, 72), a Christian of The Church of Almighty God in Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province. At 3…

A House Church Was Banned by Local Public Security Bureau in Linfen Shanxi

ADHRRF – In mainland China, Wangya Church in Dayang, Yaodu, Linfen, Shanxi province was sealed and closed up by the local public security bureau on April 28, 2018.

Christians Once Arrested for Belief Become Key Targets of Surveillance

ADHRRF – In the early March 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted a new round of inspection and surveillance of Christians from The Church of Almighty God through methods of drop-in interrogation, summoning, taking photos and fingerprints, arrest and so on. Among those inspected, some Christians who had ever been arrested became the authorities’ key targets of surveillance. Many Christians and their family have suffered harassment, surveillance and persecution from the police. Below are the related reports collated by reporters about the police’s monitoring and arrest of Christians from The Church of Almighty God in March 2018 in Wuhu…

2018, a More Arduous Year for House Churches in China

Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect, the control and repression of religious belief by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been ever-escalating. Christian house churches across China are all subjected to unprecedented persecution, and the precarious situation of Christians is further exacerbated. A Christian from a village in Yongji City, Shanxi Province who wishes to remain anonymous disclosed to reporters that a group leader of that village told her, “The government will soon arrest a group of believers in God, and also Falun Gong practitioners. This time, all those who believe in God will be arrested,…

Luoyang Government Mobilizes Cadres and Masses to Monitor Christians

ADHRRF – In early February 2018, Henan Luoyang Bureau of Religious Affairs held meetings of municipal departments and religious groups to strengthen the special punitive campaign against religious faith further.

A House Church Meeting Place Was Forcibly Closed in Bengbu Anhui

ADHRRF – Since the implementation of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified the crackdown on house churches in order to sinicize Christianity. On April 18, 2018, a house church meeting place in Huaiyuan, Bengbu, Anhui was forcibly closed by the local United Front Work Department (UFWD) collaborated with local police station, and the congregation were warned not to continue attending meetings unless they join the Three-Self Church.

Guards Beat Friends Who Brought Food to Disappeared Chinese Rights Lawyer’s Wife

The wife of "disappeared" human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from house arrest after growing pressure from overseas activists, she told RFA on Thursday. Earlier this week, police in Beijing prevented Wang's wife Li Wenzu from finishing her planned 120 kilometer (60-mile) trek from the capital to neighboring Tianjin to highlight Wang's disappearance. Li was confined to her home, while dozens of security guards, officials and state security police stood guard over the building, beating up friends and fellow activists who tried to visit her.

Six Vietnamese Activists Sentenced For ‘Subversion’ in Hanoi Trial

UPDATED at 9:45 A.M. EST on 2018-04-06 Judicial authorities in Hanoi handed down harsh jail sentences on Thursday to six Vietnamese activists found guilty of “subversion,” earning the condemnation of rights groups who had called for the charges to be dropped. Prominent rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, his colleague Le Thu Ha, and citizen journalists Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Trung Ton, Truong Minh Duc, and Nguyen Bac Truyen, were tried for conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the state under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. The statute carries maximum sentences of life imprisonment or capital punishment for those who are…

Principal Beats and Shocks Pupils to Interrogate if Parents Believe in Almighty God

At present, the CCP regards CAG as the number one object of its suppression and adopts all sorts of measures to track down and arrest Christians, for example, using teachers to pressure, interrogate, and even torture pupils so as to know whether their families are believers in God.

Jiangsu Christians Arrested in Special Crackdown on Religion

ADHRRF – On April 1, 2018, Chinese Communist authorities released a notice about the special crackdown on The Church of Almighty God (CAG) in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. Afterward, eight local Christians of this church were arrested by Chinese Communist police in the short span from April 10 to 15.

Hong Kong High Court Warns Against Violence at Protest Marches

HONG KONG – In a city famed for large, peaceful street protests, Hong Kong’s highest court has sent a sharp warning to those who march: Any injuries will mean the event will be deemed violent, and harsh punishments will result.

Tibetan Monk Released From Prison, Disabled From Beatings

A Tibetan monk jailed for six years for taking part in Tibetan freedom protests has been freed from prison in China’s Sichuan province after serving his full term, but has suffered permanent injuries to his legs from beatings while in custody, Tibetan sources say.

China’s Detention of Swedish Bookseller Sparks Further Anger, Fears for Health

China’s detention of Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai has sparked further concerns and criticisms internationally following official confirmation by Beijing of his status. Image source: VOA video screenshot Last month, Gui Minhai's daughter Angela Gui told Radio Sweden he had been snatched by plainclothes police officers while traveling to Beijing from his parental home in the eastern city of Ningbo. She said the detention took place while her father was on a train bound for the Chinese capital to seek medical treatment for neurological symptoms believed to be the first signs of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.…

US Lawmakers Nominate Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong, 2 Others for Nobel Peace Prize

Jailed Hong Kong student democracy leader Joshua Wong and two fellow activists were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this week by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, who hailed their courage, leadership and commitment to protecting freedoms in the former British colony. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, who spearheaded the 2014 Umbrella Movement, were nominated for the 2018 prize in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, signed by 12 politicians, led by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey.

Myanmar Court Delays Bail Request for Detained Reuters Reporters

Prosecutors in a case against two Myanmar journalists from Reuters news agency accused of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act blocked a request by their lawyers on Tuesday to grant them bail, with the judge saying he would issue a decision at the next hearing on Feb. 1.